Motivation & Education

Motivation & Education 2018-10-26T17:14:42+00:00

Motivation & Educational Tips From Carefree Physical Therapy

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Fall Risk Prevention

Falls among the elderly are prevalent, dangerous, and can diminish their ability to lead an active life. About one in three seniors above age 65, and nearly one in two seniors over age 80, will fall at least once this year, many times with disastrous consequences. Of those who fall, 20% to 30% suffer moderate to severe injuries that make it hard for them to get around and live independently. Older adults are hospitalized for fall-related injuries five times more often than they are for injuries from other causes.

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FIT AFTER 50

The most critical action seniors can take to prevent falls is to maintain physical activity. Activities suitable for any fitness level such as walking, gardening, yoga, or dancing will help to improve balance and movement.

Carefree Physical Therapy specializes in fall risk assessments, participating with Medicare’s quality reporting initiative. A licensed physical therapist will complete a thorough physical assessment, review your medical history, and perform special tests to determine your fall risk factor.

Based on your risk level, your physical therapist will develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs to help reduce the risk of future falls. Your individualized plan will include exercise to improve strength, mobility, and balance, home safety tips, proper instruction with assistive devices, and access to valuable resources.

 

ARE YOU AT RISK?

older couple on bicyclesYou are at risk for falls if you have one or more of the following conditions:
Decreased physical activity
Difficulty with balance
Difficulty with walking
Poor vision
Leg or trunk weakness
Pre-existing medical condition such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, or diabetes
Taking multiple medications
Improper footwear
Improper use of an assistive walking device
Unsafe home environment such as poor lighting, slippery floors, and throw rugs
A past history of falls

SCHEDULE A FALL RISK ASSESSMENT WITH ONE OF OUR PROFESSIONALS

READ OUR BROCHURE: PREVENTING SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS

October is National Physical Therapy Month

“In October we want you to know the many ways physical therapists and physical therapist assistants can help improve your quality of life by restoring and improving your ability to move.

“If you are one of many people who experience low back pain, for example, a physical therapist can help. If you have had a running injury or want to maintain your ability to run as you age, a physical therapist can help. If you are experiencing Bell palsy, diabetes, frozen shoulder, or pelvic pain, to name but a few conditions, a physical therapist can help.

“According to the 2011 “AARP Bulletin Survey on Exercise,” approximately 7 in 10 adults age 45 and older (71%) are physically active. If you are a baby boomer, physical therapists can help you stay physically active, including helping you deal with common injuries associated with aging, such as tendinitis and meniscus tears as well as the effects of arthritis.

“Beginning October 1 and continuing through November 19, APTA will be hosting its “50 Days 50 Ways” challenge. During this challenge we will be providing 50 days worth of tips to boomers on how to prevent injury and get and/or stay fit and mobile with the help of a physical therapist. Check them out onFacebook and Twitter!

“Physical therapists are required to complete a graduate degree-either a master’s or clinical doctorate-from an accredited education program and pass a state-administered national exam before practicing. By 2015, all physical therapists will graduate with a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree.”

Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS
President, American Physical Therapy Association

 

The most critical action seniors can take to prevent falls is to maintain physical activity. Activities suitable for any fitness level such as walking, gardening, yoga, or dancing will help to improve balance and movement.

Carefree Physical Therapy specializes in fall risk assessments, participating with Medicare’s quality reporting initiative. A licensed physical therapist will complete a thorough physical assessment, review your medical history, and perform special tests to determine your fall risk factor.

Based on your risk level, your physical therapist will develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs to help reduce the risk of future falls. Your individualized plan will include exercise to improve strength, mobility, and balance, home safety tips, proper instruction with assistive devices, and access to valuable resources.

Telerehab Could Ensure That You’re Completing Your Home Exercises Correctly

Today’s physical therapy was successful by all measures: Your PT spent time listening to your symptoms, collected a thorough medical history, diagnosed your issue (tennis elbow), and sent you on your way with a bunch of exercises to do at home. During the appointment, you watched intently as the physical therapist demonstrated each home exercise and you understood the directions clearly at the time. There’s just one problem: Now that you’ve returned home, you can’t seem to replicate the exact elbow positioning that elicits the desired stretch. And the exercise handout isn’t helping.

To make matters worse, you’re headed out of town for the weekend and the PT clinic can’t accommodate you for an in-person appointment until next week. During that time, you have two options: Continue doing the exercise how you think it should be done and risk doing it incorrectly—and possibly doing harm—or not doing the exercise at all until you’re able to see your therapist.

Wouldn’t it be helpful if there was a way to show your PT what you’re doing—without leaving your house—so he could pinpoint the source of your problem and help you to adjust your movements for maximum benefit? That’s precisely the type of experience that telerehabilitation could bring to physical therapy. Being able to get timely and accurate feedback from a rehab professional can improve your chances of a quick and safe recovery.

Now you’re probably asking, “Why didn’t my PT tell me about this?” Well, telerehab is not (yet) a mainstream offering for physical therapy, but all signs indicate that more clinics will get on board in the coming years once they’ve tackled the regulatory and reimbursement issues. At some clinics, patients with certain diagnoses are given the option to schedule a “virtual visit” with their physical therapists. There also are a growing number of services that provide patients with a series of injury-appropriate videos—with clear demonstrations of the exercises that should be completed at home. This is just a sampling of the many ways that telemedicine will help to ensure that patients perform their home exercise programs correctly.

You’re probably familiar with the age-old notion that practice makes perfect, the very idea that proficiency of a particular activity or skill comes with regular practice. But in the case of rehabbing from an injury or illness, Vince Lombardi said it best: “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” And the hope is that telerehab is just what the therapists need to ensure that their patients adhere to their prescribed home programs and complete their exercises safely and accurately.

Current Onsite Classes

Bones for Life

Movement lessons that will improve your posture, bone health, balance and more.  Additional information at www.bonesforlife.com

Class on Monday evenings with Suzanne Mowry, PT.

 

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement

Increase efficient ease of movement with all tasks through gentle verbally guided movement sequences designed to decrease habitual patterns which might not be serving you well.

Class on Tuesday evenings with Suzanne Mowry, PT – a Feldenkrais practitioner.

 

For specific Monday and Tuesday evening class schedule,
contact Suzanne at 480-577-0602 or email sgmowry@cox.net